The Morning Call (Sunday)

5,551 new virus cases, another record broken

- By Jennifer Sheehan The Morning Call

It wa s another record-breaking day in Pennsylvan­ia as the state Department of Health reported 5,551 new cases of the coronaviru­s Saturday.

The seven-day moving average of newly reported cases was 4,565 on Saturday, up 60% from 2,851 a week ago.

This brings the statewide total of infections, since the start of the pandemic, to 259,938.

Here are more details from the daily update:

Deaths

Overall: 50 new deaths, bringing the total statewide to 9,274.

Hospitaliz­ations

On Saturday, 2,314 people were hospitaliz­ed, up 60 from the day before. Of those, 248 patients were on ventilator­s, up 22 from the day before. Most of the patients hospitaliz­ed are 65 or older, and most of the deaths have occurred in that age group.

Hospitaliz­ations are a key statistic because one of the aims of mitigation is to keep the health care system from being overwhelme­d.

Testing

There were 19,167 new tests, for a positive test rate of 26.1%, compared to 22.5% the day before. The overall positive test rate is now at 8.8%.

Lehigh Valley

Cases: 241 new cases (134 in Lehigh County, 107 in Northampto­n County), a drop from 301 the day before. That brings the total to 15,166.

Deaths: Two new deaths, both in Lehigh County, compared to no deaths on Friday. That brings the total to 696.

Both counties are now categorize­d by the state as having substantia­l virus spread.

Other developmen­ts

Philadelph­ia continues to lead the state in cases, with 1,156 on Saturday; followed by Allegheny, 370; Delaware, 284; Montgomery, 278; and Lancaster, 276. (Note: Philadelph­ia often lags behind in data reporting so 1,156 may represent multiple days of reports.)

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